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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

What SWAT team has the toughest tryout in the country?

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I saw L.A. County's tryout on video. It looked pretty tough. That may have been staged for the video. if you want to consider FBI/HRT SWAT I think that theirs is the probably the toughest. For the most part they seem pretty standard.

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I would like to hear from other operators about the their tryouts.

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I worked LASD SEB... you wont find it in the departments public persona anymore after 911 because of OP SEC
I wont divulge how many teams there are.. but the department is large (13000) and the unit is small.. but still larger than many police departmentsIt is the best duty on the department and the hardest unit to get to

The basic qualification test must be passed every 90 days when on the team
It must be passed for initial qualification

The process goes like this
You must be a highly qualified patrol deputy in good standing before you apply
Apply... begin taking the initial qualifying physical.. it is open once a year.. keep doing it..
Show up at all the department runs and physical fitness events
Go through a second background done by SEB deputies.. this is the toughest one to pass... if you are not a team player you will not go further
Test again
Test consists of a timed obstacle course...full gear and flak vest
Run, wall jump, run , crawl underground, run fence jump, window(s) jump, long run, wall jump with balance walk on top of wall
rope climb

There are basic and advanced SWAT schools new SEB deputies must complete.. I cannot reveal what they entail.. but lets say you will be busy for a year or two.. and if you havent been in the military it will feel like you have been in SPEC ops schools.. there is a great deal of cross training

Getting on means starting all over as an FNG and being humble.. long training days where you are expected to be always a high energy go getter... if you arent you will be unhappy you were born
HUGE peer pressure to conform and produce
If you dont you will be physically railroaded out... in a most unpleasant fashion

LASD is a host SWAT school to many agencies.. as such new SEB deputies are expected to exceed all other agency participants.. failure to do so results in belly chains and "ponding" and other motivators .. like blanket parties...it is immediate and furious... if you think this is the wrong way to treat people you are in the wrong line of work and should have never applied

Hundreds of applicants apply every year... a very small percent make it
Wimps need not apply

The video is not staged.. its harder than what is depicted... it is the one place the department lets the deputies run their operation without interference. Workmans comp, harassment, gender or racial bias are not brought into the mix.. as such it is as pure a place to work as anywhere on the department... an SEB deputy would never consider any of those aspects of policework to be a part of their vocab,, sadly.. in regular duty they are in the forefront of everyones' minds. What goes on in the teams stays there and is not revealed.. it is sacrosanct. The team leader (not the sergeant) controls the inner workings of the team .. consulting with the sergeant.. the sergeant has plausible deniability for the department on the discipline that occurs
Most patrol coppers would not put up with the stress, effort, and work an SEB deputy is subjected to... but thats why the unit is what it is..

TAN TEAM... SEB-243

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To notmeofficer: Thanks for the post. I am not familiar with LASD SEB, but I have trained with LAPD SWAT. It seems difficult to make it to the SEB tryout. I didn't consider the entire process when I wrote the post. My question was geared more toward the actual tryout. Your qualification test seems like the basic SWAT O-course. Our tryout takes all day and the O-course is just a fraction of the day. Our team is a regional team made up of 47 communities. It sucks but most of the time we don't even know the guys who are trying out. If they pass we do a background and a team interview. After that is a basic SWAT school, usually through LEAD (LAPD SWAT)
I like the whole concept of SEB and I appriciate your post.

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NEMLEC said:

To notmeofficer: Thanks for the post. I am not familiar with LASD SEB, but I have trained with LAPD SWAT. It seems difficult to make it to the SEB tryout. I didn't consider the entire process when I wrote the post. My question was geared more toward the actual tryout. Your qualification test seems like the basic SWAT O-course. Our tryout takes all day and the O-course is just a fraction of the day. Our team is a regional team made up of 47 communities. It sucks but most of the time we don't even know the guys who are trying out. If they pass we do a background and a team interview. After that is a basic SWAT school, usually through LEAD (LAPD SWAT)
I like the whole concept of SEB and I appriciate your post.

Blue team is our training cadre.... any department can request to go through the basic and advanced SWAT schools through channels.. a call to SEB would start the process for any department
We have had some interesting times competing with LAPD D platoon...of course... carpe diem .. and we arent afraid to improvise and cheat... :-)